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Young Arsenal duo get England call

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Jack Wilshere and Kieran Gibbs will represent the dawn of a new England era next week after being named in Fabio Capello's squad to face Hungary at Wembley on Wednesday.

Only 10 of the World Cup squad have made it into this friendly line-up, with goalkeepers Robert Green and David James not included and new Liverpool signing Joe Cole also left out.

Bobby Zamora heads a revamped forward line, which also includes Carlton Cole and Darren Bent in addition to Wayne Rooney.

There are returning faces too, in Manchester City's Adam Johnson and Theo Walcott of Arsenal, who were both axed from Capello's provisional squad prior to the World Cup.

Manchester United's Wes Brown and Phil Jagielka of Everton come in to bolster the defensive ranks.

Born on New Year's Day 1992, Wilshere will become the 10th youngest England international of all-time if he plays some part against the once-mighty Magyars.

Wilshere has already set a few notable landmarks in his fledgling career, including becoming Arsenal's youngest league debutant two seasons ago and being the fifth 16-year-old to feature in the Champions League.

With five under-21 caps to his name, he has already made a favourable impression on Stuart Pearce and his half-season on loan at Bolton last term did not go unnoticed by Capello.

Knowing he must now look to the future, the Italian views Wilshere as the ideal age to develop at a more rapid rate, which is why he was included and Jack Rodwell is not.

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